Each new release of Drake brings its share of Billboard chart history, and his new collaboration with DJ Khaled and Lil Baby, “Staying Alive,” is no different.
Earlier this year, he became the first solo male in history to debut atop the Billboard 200 and the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously twice, thanks to his latest LP. Honestly it doesn’t matter and his single “Jimmy Cooks”, featuring 21 Savage.
Now he’s securing the artist’s honor with the top five hits in Hot 100 history, with 30, as DJ Khaled’s “Staying Alive,” which he and Lil Baby are featured on, debuts at the No. 5 latest, August Map dated 20 years. Drake overtakes the Beatles, who have 29, for sole ownership of the record on the list’s 64-year history. The Beatles only held the top five for 55 years, having last reached the region in 1970 with “The Long and Winding Road” / “For You Blue”, which spent two weeks at No. 1.
“Staying Alive” also helps Drake extend his records for the most top 10, top 20, top 40 and Hot 100 entries, dating back to the chart’s inception on August 4, 1958.
It’s worth noting that, for about a decade now, the Hot 100 has included streaming data. This is also after December 1998 when album cuts became eligible to chart, so songs did not need to be commercially available as singles to appear on the chart, as before. Thus, an entire album’s track listing may appear after its 2022 debut, when a major album decades ago could only have charted as many songs on the Hot 100 as it was released to market. for an individual purchase.
The methodology of the charts changes over time, thanks to the evolution of how fans consume music, and in turn, the measurement of this activity evolves as well. For decades, the best way to measure the popularity of individual songs was to track individual purchases—physical, then digital—and their airplay. Eventually, the chart expanded to include broadcast-only cuts (and the recording industry discontinued most major physical releases in the late 90s). Today, with streaming factoring into the chart, along with airplay and sales, the strength of streaming, in particular, makes it common for hit albums like Drake’s latest to infuse the Hot 100 with a double-digit amount of songs, a feat Drake continues to do. a fairly regular and impressive event.
As Drake makes history, here’s a look at all the Hot 100 records the superstar has broken during his career, and those he hasn’t (yet).